(March 12th, 2007, Chan Shun Concert Hall, Chan Centre)
Dr. Vandana Shiva is a physicist, ecologist, activist, editor, and author of many books. In India she has established Navdanya, a movement for biodiversity conservation and farmers’ rights. She directs the Research Foundation for Science, Technology and Natural Resource Policy.
She is one of the leaders of the International Forum on Globalization, (along with Jerry Mander, Edward Goldsmith, Ralph Nader, Jeremy Rifkin, and others), and a figure of the global solidarity movement known as anti-globalization movement.
In 1993, Shiva received the Right Livelihood Award (also known as the Alternative Nobel Prize) “…For placing women and ecology at the heart of modern development discourse.” Other awards she has received include the Global 500 Award of the United Nations Environment Programme (UNEP) in 1993, and the Earth Day International Award of the United Nations for her dedicated commitment to the preservation of he planet as demonstrated by her actions, leadership and by setting an example for the rest of the world.
Her most recent books are Earth Democracy; Justice, Sustainability, and Peace and Breakfast of Biodiversity: the Political Ecology of Rain Forest Destruction.